Your not-so-quiet night at the museum! Join the revelry every third Thursday of the month for live music, free programs, art activities and more…all just for adults!
March 21: Contemporary artist Saya Woolfalk’s body of work, inspired by the Nelson-Atkins’ permanent collection, transports visitors into a fantastical world where they encounter a fictional race of women Woolfalk has created called the Empathics. The exhibition is an immersive, multimedia experience that incorporates themes of cultural hybridization, technology, identity, ceremonial rituals, and science fiction. Experience this free exhibition and a Third Thursday inspired by Woolfalk’s influences!
Are you a performer, vendor, organization or just inspired and interested in making Third Thursdays amazing? Please contact us with your vision for getting involved.
Band: The Phantastics
Musicianship and diversity are at the core of The Phantastics’ success. This seven-member band specializes in tantalizing, genre-blending dance floor activators. Expect to hear Rock, Rap, Dance, Funk, Jazz and Soul all incorporated into a seamless, winding river of music. “The band that can do it all”, according to I Heart Local Music, has shared the stage with some of music’s most legendary acts including George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic. The Phantastics were formed in December of 2010 and have been trying to save live music ever since.
DJ Joe and Ice Kole
DJ Joe is more than a DJ, more than a Drummer, more than just your average party starter, and he’s bringing some friends!
Exhibition: Saya Woolfalk: Expedition to the ChimaCloud
Visit the FREE exhibition that serves as inspiration for March’s theme!
See Saya Woolfalk’s ChimaCloud come to life from your mobile device. Download and launch the REFRAKT app. Follow the prompts on the screen and hold your device up to this symbol to watch the cloud in action. Available in the iPhone app store.
Tarot Card Reading
Artist Saya Woolfalk is attracted to the realm of Tarot, particularly how a deck of special cards can divine insights into the past, present, and future based on the questions one asks of it. Kansas Citian Jane Almirall will be providing short (5-10 minutes) readings of three Tarot cards and a bonus Oracle card for visitors. She will discuss the meaning of the cards that are pulled for each individual, the significance of their placement and how their message can be applied to the querent’s situation in the most beneficial way. She welcomes questions and brief discussions about the reading as well, so people can come away from the experience with clarity and feeling empowered.
Tarot is a tool for self-reflection, a mirror into which you can see your inner world. Receiving a tarot reading is an opportunity to develop deeper self-knowledge as your subconscious materializes through this intimate glimpse into the present. Tarot allows you to enrich your connection with yourself and cultivate greater empathy and confidence.
Jane Almirall has been working in the arts for 25 years, with an academic background in painting and drawing. Her interest in esoteric and occult studies has paired organically with her love of art, myth, symbols and our mysterious inner workings.
Drop-in Art Activity: Fantastical Flower Jewelry
Try your hand at making colorful floral rings, brooches, keychains, and more, reminiscent of the motifs in the Saya Woolfalk exhibition.
Gallery Moment: Hybridity
Make your way through our galleries exploring how different artists have addressed and depicted the intersections of cultures, traditions, identities, and values, starting with Saya Woolfalk: Expedition to the ChimaCloud and winding through our African, Contemporary, American Indian, and South Asian galleries.
American Sign Language (ASL) Art Walk
Learn the manual alphabet in American Sign Language (ASL), using the works in our collection as a guide. Our Coordinator of Deaf Cultural Programs will weave in personal experience and briefly explore the themes of culture, identity, and values as they relate to the ASL community.
Tours limited to the first 20 people. First come, first served.
Community Spotlight and Diaper Drive: Uzazi Village
Uzazi Village is a nonprofit
organization whose mission is centering Black and Brown families in
maternal and infant health. African-American mothers and their
newborns are at much greater risk of illness and even death. They work
to address the reasons behind that increased risk so that our
community can enjoy the good health that others have come to expect.
Through research, community education and engagement and professional
development, we work to eliminate racially-based health disparities
related to childbearing. Our programs include; the Sister Doula
Program, Chocolate Milk Cafe, and the Village Circle prenatal care
To aid in the twice-monthly giveaways, please consider contributing disposable diapers of any size to their cause.
96.5 The Buzz Prize Pack Giveaway
Some lucky Third Thursday visitor will win a prize package from 96.5 The Buzz that could include concert tickets, music downloads and swag.
To enter, fill out a Third Thursday MadLib card at the art activity table. Add your name and number and we’ll text the winner at 8:30 pm (better respond quick before we move on to the next person!). Must be present to win.
Beverages and Small Plates
Enjoy small plates, a full bar and an artful experience!